What are the best ways to improve Internet connection?

asked by Anthony Hewitt
272 contributors
17 solutions
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    #1OpenSignal

    OpenSignal

    OpenSignal is a signal toolkit that shows you how to get a better network connection, find nearby free Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, view signal maps, test the speed of your mobile or WiFi connection, and more.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Julia Jensen
    Written on November 22, 2017
    "This comes in handy when you are traveling. It helps you keep in contact by trying to locate Wifi spots."
  2. 27

    #2Wifi Analyzer

    Wifi Analyzer

    Wifi Analyzer turns your Android phone into a powerful tool that shows you the WiFi channels around you and helps you choose a less crowded channel for your wireless router.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Rosa María Leal
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "This app is great for finding wifi channels around you. I recently used this because all of a sudden, my wireless connection was dropping and losing strength. This app told me what all my neighbors were using for channels and I picked the channel with the lowest amount of connections and viola! My wifi is back to it's normal, blazing fast speeds. "
  3. 26

    #3Throttle

    Throttle

    With Throttle by PGWARE, users can make their Internet speed faster. This software upgrades your computer and modem to download files easily. A free trial is also available for those who wish to test the software.

    Software

    Windows

    $19.3

    David Price
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "I work a lot online and internet speed is one requirement for me.Throttle never disappoints me because with it am able to have a very fast internet connection which helps me do more tasks.Am so in love with this software!"
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    #4Why Does Your Internet Connection Randomly Stop Working?

    Why Does Your Internet Connection Randomly Stop Working?

    The video Why Does Your Internet Connection Randomly Stop Working? is a video by TechQuickie that explains the various reasons that can cause your Internet connection to cut out and explains how you can fix it.

    Videos

    Free

    Vibhore Pillai
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "Linus explains how to fix common reasons why you might have lost internet connection. He does a good job of covering the topic and explains how to avoid potential problems you could have with a router."
  2. 23

    #5Wi-Fi SweetSpots

    Wi-Fi SweetSpots

    Wi-Fi SweetSpots is an app developed by ASSIA-Inc. that helps you to monitor your Wi-Fi speed and track your network activity. It also helps you find better and stronger internet connectivity.

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Debra Henry
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "This is not a great solution to the product because it is only giving you information about your wifi strength. It is not telling you any way to improve the internet connection other than telling you where it is the best in your house. "
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    #6Intermittent Wireless/Dropped WiFi Connection

    Intermittent Wireless/Dropped WiFi Connection

    Intermittent Wireless/Dropped WiFi Connection is an article by Spectrum that contains simple steps to help you try to address problems with your wireless connection. If your devices are dropping from the network or you're having trouble keeping consistently connected, use these tips to address the issue.

    Websites

    Free

    Lauren Edwards
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "Its a decent article that will help you try and trouble shoot the issue. They tips do not always work and it does not cover everything, but ots a start."
  4. 17

    #7Internet Accelerator

    Internet Accelerator

    This software improves and optimizes various configuration settings that affect your Internet connection speed. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Software

    Nathan Baker
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "So while this explains what the software does--the details are lacking. My cousin makes similar software...or maybe not. Who knows what this software actually does? What configuration settings? Still worthwhile software but more info would be nice."
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    #8Who's On My WiFi

    Who's On My WiFi

    Who's On My WiFi shows you all devices on your network over time. With this software, you can find intruders on your wireless network. This software is both available on Windows and Mac. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Anthony Douglas
    Written on July 20, 2018
    "this just shows who is using your WIFI i do not think this is what the topic wants"
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    #9WiFi Doctor-Detect & Boost

    WiFi Doctor-Detect & Boost

    WiFi Doctor-Detect & Boost is an app that runs network detection and protects your Internet. It scans all devices connected to your WiFi and speeds up network connection by closing apps running in the background.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Daniel McDonald
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "This is a handy application for your device. It helps to increase performance, and detects and protects different connections to your wifi."
  7. 13

    #10SpeedConnect

    SpeedConnect

    SpeedConnect is a powerful Windows software that is designed to optimize your network connection and speed up all your Internet activities. There is also a free trial available for first-time users of the software.

    Software

    Windows

    $25.95- Varies by plan

    Henry Perry
    Written on July 25, 2018
    "A really good app if you are having trouble with your internet connection. It speeds everything up noticeably."
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    #11[TUTORIAL] How To Fix a Laptop That Won't Connect to Wifi

    [TUTORIAL] How To Fix a Laptop That Won't Connect to Wifi

    How To Fix a Laptop That Won't Connect to Wifi is a video by Cayla Wood on YouTube that teaches you how to fix a WiFi connection that is not working on a laptop, from the most basic things you should do to more advanced actions you can take if the basic ones don't work.

    Videos

    Free

    Paul Miller
    Written on November 28, 2017
    "I had a laptop that could not get internet connectivity. I did not know what to do. I found the video "How To Fix a Laptop That Won't Connect to Wifi " and right away I got connected. very informative and taught me things I did not know"
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    #12NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender

    NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Desktop WiFi Range Extender

    The NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender boosts your existing network range, delivering extreme dual band WiFi up to 1900Mbps. The 700mW high-powered amplifiers provide extreme range, while the dual-core 1GHz processor enables maximum WiFi performance. It works with any standard WiFi router & is ideal for HD video streaming & gaming. Get the whole-home connectivity you need for iPads, smartphones, laptops & more.

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    Christina Weaver
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "I bought this to extend the range on my wifi. It improved my connection when I was further away from the router and modem. It is impossible to stay in the same room as your router so having the essential high powered wifi extender is essential. Netgear makes a great product it is durable and high performing. I have not dropped coverage and my wifi remains fast for all my internet needs."
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    #13NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

    NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

    The NETGEAR AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender boosts your existing home network by increasing Wi-Fi range and speed, delivering AC750 dual band Wi-Fi up to 750Mbps. Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices, external antennas for better performance, convenient wall-plug design and it works with any WiFi router.

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    Carolyn Wagner
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "Nice signal booster, of course if your overall internet is bad, this won't help. If you just need to extend the range of the wifi in a location, this is what you want. "
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    #14D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    D-Link AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

    The DAP-1720 AC1750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender will extend the range of you existing WiFi network and eliminate dead zones. With a Performance Powerful AC1750 performance with speeds Up to 450Mbps (2.4GHz) 1300Mbps (5GHz), the DAP-17200 will let you enjoy a fast wireless connection. Featuring a 3x3 antenna configuration, the DAP-1720 offers better data rates, fewer dead-spots, more coverage, and increased reliability. It is ideal for multiple devices, 4K streaming, and online gaming.

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    Kathryn Vargas
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "I bought this extender because I have a very large house, and depending on where you are in it, the wi-fi signal can be very weak. I am very pleased with this product. My signal is very strong now, and we can stream youtube or Netflix really fast. I would recommend this product to everyone looking for a good extender"
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    #15ASUS USB-AC56 Wi-Fi Adapter

    ASUS USB-AC56 Wi-Fi Adapter

    The ASUS USB-AC56 is a Next-generation Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter with a USB 3.0 connection that brings high-performance wireless networking support to desktop and notebook PCs. Selectable 5 and 2.4GHz bands for faster speeds and backward compatibility with existing wireless hotspots. AiRadar technology provides a stronger signal over greater distances and with an external high-gain antenna for 150% stronger Wi-Fi signal.


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    Patrick Gutierrez
    Written on July 24, 2018
    "If you are looking for reliability and signal strength for you home wifi, then look no further than the Asus USB WIfi Adapter, So much simpler than breaking your PC apart and installing a internal wifi card. Just plug this adapter into a usb port and you are ready to go. Fast, reliable wireless internet to your laptop or desktop PC. Great product."
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    #16Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter

    Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB Adapter

    NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi USB 3.0 adapter update your legacy laptop or desktop to the ultimate range of performance to the faster 802.11ac WiFi speeds. Stronger coverage with high gain antennas. Simply plug into a USB port on the computer to enjoy fast, efficient data transfer, online lag-free gaming, and HD streaming. Compatible with next generation WiFi devices and compatible with 802.11ac/n and all legacy WiFi devices. Compatible with Windows and MAC OS. Works with any WiFi router.


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    Russell Gardner
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "I needed to get a new USB WiFi adapter for my desktop and I tried out the Nighthawk AC1900. It works really well, no problems getting a signal through three walls between the desktop and the router. All in all, a great product."
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    #17Leelbox WiFi Wireless Dongle

    Leelbox WiFi Wireless Dongle
    Leelbox WiFi Wireless Dongle comes with a USB connector for up to 600Mbps Internet connection speed and reduces interference for a better connection. This device's dual-band technology supports Windows XP to 10, Linux, and Android.

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    Johnny Carr
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This inexpensive wireless dongle could significantly speed up your wireless connection on a laptop or PC. Perhaps you don't have a wired ethernet port on one of those, or you don't want to be running a cable across the room. On the other hand, you might have to buy a much more expensive wireless router to take advantage of it! "

Summary

Best What are the best ways to improve Internet connection
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OpenSignalApps 33 Free
2Wifi AnalyzerApps 27 Free
3ThrottleSoftware 26 Paid
4Why Does Your Internet Connection Randomly Stop Working?Videos 25 Free
5Wi-Fi SweetSpotsApps 23 Free
6Intermittent Wireless/Dropped WiFi ConnectionWebsites 21 Free
7Internet AcceleratorSoftware 17 Paid
8Who's On My WiFiSoftware 16 Free
9WiFi Doctor-Detect & BoostApps 15 Free
10SpeedConnectSoftware 13 Paid
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